AppleMagazine #348

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The social networking portal Instagram first launched in 2010 as a free app for iOS - and, back then, it was clear where Instagram’s focus was. In a post on its Tumblr blog, Instagram enthused that it “makes mobile photos fast, simple and beautiful”. In the years since then, the site has incorporated an increasing number of new features and picked up hundreds of millions of new users along the way. These efforts have culminated in the unveiling of its new long-form video platform IGTV. HOW INSTAGRAM HAS MUSHROOMED IN POPULARITY In June, Instagram announced that its tally of monthly active users had reached 1 billion. This places the site in a very exclusive one-billion club that includes WeChat with a billion users, WhatsApp with 1.5 billion and Instagram’s parent company, Facebook,…

california lawmaker attacked over net neutrality decision

A California lawmaker’s decision to alter a net neutrality bill considered one of the nation’s most aggressive efforts to require an equal playing field on the internet has generated intensely personal online attacks aimed at his family as well as criticism from fellow Democrats in Congress. Assemblyman Miguel Santiago leads a committee that this week stripped whole chunks of a net neutrality measure. He stirred a passionate reaction from open internet advocates who think the state that is home to the technology sector and the liberal resistance to President Donald Trump should take a hardline stance on the matter. The decision reverberated far beyond California’s Capitol, drawing rebukes from members of Congress and leading the state Democratic chairman to try to diffuse tension. Santiago quickly drew fire in online memes and a…

justices adopt digital-age privacy rules to track cellphones

Police generally need a warrant to look at records that reveal where cellphone users have been, the Supreme Court ruled last week in a big victory for privacy interests in the digital age. The justices’ 5-4 decision marks a big change in how police may obtain information that phone companies collect from the ubiquitous cellphone towers that allow people to make and receive calls, and transmit data. The information has become an important tool in criminal investigations. Chief Justice John Roberts, joined by the court’s four liberals, said cellphone location information “is detailed, encyclopedic and effortlessly compiled.” Roberts wrote that “an individual maintains a legitimate expectation of privacy in the record of his physical movements” as they are captured by cellphone towers. Roberts said the court’s decision is limited to cellphone tracking information…

streaming: changing the future of tv

THE FUTURE OF VIDEO IS STREAMING With more than $285 billion sitting around in cash, Apple could effectively launch a YouTube or Netflix rival overnight. While the Cupertino firm has, in all but name, confirmed their plans for a streaming service of its own, Apple is taking its time by investing in high-quality original content and preparing a worldwide rollout. The result, however, might not be what we first expected. Video streaming is big business. Earlier this year, Netflix overtook its rival Disney for ashort period , while Amazon Prime and Hulu are also growing. In fact, an incredible 59%of all homes in America have a streaming-enabled screen, and with Disney planning its own streaming service and BritBox, HBO Now, CBS All Access and FilmStruck all growing in popularity, the days of…

big spenders: s&p 500 stock buybacks set record in 1q

Flush with savings from lower tax bills and profits from a growing economy, big U.S. companies are spending a record amount buying back their own stock. Stock repurchases hit $189.1 billion in the first quarter for the S&P 500, according to preliminary results from S&P Dow Jones Indices. That tops the prior record of $171.9 billion set during the summer of 2007, just before the Great Recession struck. The robust buying of their own shares continues a yearslong trend where companies have returned more and more cash to their investors through buybacks and dividends. S&P 500 companies returned a total of $1 trillion to their shareholders in the 12 months through March, the first time they’ve passed that threshold. Apple, Cisco Systems and other technology giants helped lead the way. Apple has traditionally…

field to fingertips: tech divide narrows for world cup teams

As gigabytes of data flow from field to fingertips, click by click, the technological divide has been closing between teams at the World Cup. While the focus has been on the debut of video assistant referees, less obvious technical advances have been at work in Russia and the coaches have control over this area, at least. No longer are the flashiest gizmos to trace player movements and gather data the preserve of the best-resourced nations. All World Cup finalists have had an array of electronic performance and tracking systems made available to them by FIFA. “We pay great attention to these tools,” Poland coach Adam Nawalka said. “Statistics play an important role for us. We analyze our strength and weaknesses.” The enhanced tech at the teams’ disposal came after football’s law-making body —…